Comparing Levels Of Developments

Chosen Comparing Countries: Japan and South Africa

Chosen Indicators: Life expectancy and population growth


By comparing the life expectancy and the population growth of Japan (MEDC) and South Africa (LEDC), I have found some differences between those two countries.

In the 1960 the South Africa’s life expectancy was 49. Japan’s life expectancy was 68. By 1994~2005, South Africa’s life expectancy decreased  a lot. South Africa’s life expectancy was 62 years old in 1994, but by 2005, the life expectancy decreased to 52 years old. Then from 2006~2011, it increased to 55 years old. Probably from 2006, the health and the number of Aid given was developed. So that South African people got healthier and lived longer. Japan’s life expectancy was 68 by 1960s. Japan’s life expectancy increased in 2011, it was 83 years old. I think the number grew over time because the number of aid given increased over time.

In 1960, the Japan’s population growth was 0.89% however compare to Japan, South Africa’s population growth was 2.5%. Both of the countries grew and gave one of the biggest change in 1961. Japan’s population growth was 2.6% in 1961 and the South Africa was 3.1%. I think South Africa’s population is growing wisely compare to Japan because the number of children per woman is greater than Japan. Number of children per woman in South Africa is 2.4 but Japan is 1.4. (2011.) As you see, you can see that there is 1 child difference between South Africa and Japan.

By looking at the development of countries, I understand that there are many similarities but also differences between countries. I found out that some countries took more time than the other countries to develop.

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